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Wine Events: Week of April 9

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I’m always happy to see favorite establishments get recognition from any publication, but I don’t put a lot of stock in “best of” lists.  So when SF Weekly published its “Best Wine Lists of San Francisco” article, and left RN74, Cotogna, Quince, and other well-regarded restaurants off the list, I didn’t protest too much.  I think these types of lists are generally meant to stir debate, and I don’t see the value in raising too much of a huff.  But I will say this:  I am happy to see some of my favorites get a pat on the back, including NOPA, Piccino, and A16.  If there are other restaurant wine lists you think deserve recognition, please let me know so I can check them out!

Now on to SF’s weekly wine events post.


Wed. Apr. 11:  Peay Vineyards Wine Tasting at William Cross (Russian Hill)

William Cross Wine Merchants
2253 Polk Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 9:00pm – $15

I just got back from a Peay wine dinner at State Bird Provisions, and I’m happy to say the wines were as good as I remember them from last year’s wine club pick-up day.  Both the Pinot and Syrah have refreshing, food-friendly acidity, and the second label Cep Rosé is a real crowd pleaser.  Owner Andy Peay will be on hand to pour the following:

2011 Cep Hopkins Ranch Sauvignon Blanc Russian River
2010 Cep Chardonnay Sonoma Coast
2011 Cep Rose Russian River Valley
2009 Peay Scallop Shelf Estate Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast
2010 Peay Les Titans Estate Syrah Sonoma Coast


Thurs., Apr. 12:  Volnay Tasting @ Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

6:00pm – 8:00pm – $20

I have a soft-spot for Volnay.  While maybe less heralded than the wines from the Cote de Nuits, it can still entrance you with its elegance.  Volnay takes center stage at this week’s Thursday night tasting at Arlequin.

2009 Matrot Volnay ‘Santenots’ 1er cru
2008 Chandon de Brialles Volnay ‘Les Caillerets’ 1er cru
2007 Comte Lafon Volnay
2006 d’Angerville Volnay ‘Champans’ 1er cru
2006 Pousse d’Or Volnay ‘Clos d’Audignac’ 1er cru
2005 Girardin Volnay ‘Les Caillerets’ 1er cru


 Sat., Apr. 14:  Weingut J. Hofstätter Tasting @ Arlequin (Hayes Valley)

Arlequin Wine Merchants
384 Hayes Street
San Francisco, CA

3:00pm – 6:00pm – $15

Martin Foradori of Weingut J. Hofstätter is in town to pour through Lagrein, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet grown in his family’s Alto Adige estate.  Here’s a video of Martin talking about his family’s estate during last year’s Vinitaly.


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